Reckless driving represents some of the most dangerous behaviors someone could commit on a Massachusetts road. When a driver violates traffic laws to an egregious degree, the person increases the risks of an accident drastically. If an accident occurs, expect the negligent driver to face a lawsuit. Sometimes, the compensation sought could be enormous, depending on the harm inflicted.
Reckless behaviors behind the wheel
Reckless driving can be an umbrella term for a wide range of different dangerous and illegal behaviors behind the wheel. Someone who drives while under the influence could be labeled a reckless driver. Reckless driving may include a person’s conscious or unconscious decision to commit more than one reckless act. For example, a drunk driver may hit speeds 30 miles per hour above the speed limit, further increasing the chances of a crash.
Ultimately, reckless driving could be any behavior that displays a wanton disregard for the safety of others. Tailgating, riding on the shoulder of the road, cutting others off and going through red lights may all be reckless driving. Deliberately using a vehicle to harm others may be the most blatant example of reckless driving.
Reckless driving and consequences
Drivers who cause car accidents because of reckless actions could face serious compensation claims. Extremely reckless behavior may significantly damage more than one vehicle and result in more than one person getting hurt. So, the monetary claims sought could be extensive. Additionally, the reckless actions by the driver might open doors to punitive damages, which could be significant.
An auto insurance settlement might cover a victim’s losses, but payouts face cover limits caps. Also, auto insurance policies might not pay for punitive damages. Victims could file a civil lawsuit to recover compensation above policy limits and punitive damages.